Richmond-San Rafael Forward

Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Forward implements a suite of strategies to address congestion and improve options for traveling in the RSR Bridge corridor.

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Karl Nielsen

Changes are afoot on the Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Bridge. Improvements include infrastructure changes and programs to support crossing the bridge by bicycle.

RSR Open Road Tolling and I-580 Westbound HOV Lane

The RSR open road tolling and I-580 westbound HOV lane provide safety and operational improvements on westbound I-580 approaching the RSR Bridge by:

  • Converting one of the three existing general-purpose lanes to a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, beginning at the I-580 / Regatta Avenue Interchange
  • Replacing the existing tolling structure with overhead toll gantries east of the existing toll booths

Staff Contact

Ingrid Supit, Project Manager
Email: isupit@bayareametro.gov

Richmond-San Rafael E-Bike Commute Program

MTC’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge E-Bike Commute Program promotes the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) for commuting across the RSR Bridge bicycle/pedestrian path.

E-bikes offer many benefits that make bicycle commutes possible. For example, e-bikes can help riders go farther with less effort, even up hills and in windy conditions. Bike riders also save money on tolls, gas and parking.

Through this program, MTC will provide discounts on e-bike purchases to residents living and working in Richmond, San Rafael and other nearby communities where bike commutes across the RSR Bridge are viable. The program will also offer incentives to riders for bike commute trips using the RSR Bridge path.

RSR E-Bike Program Staff Contact

Michelle Go, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6649
Email: mgo@bayareametro.gov

RSR Rides

RSR Rides supports local community organizations and bicycle retailers who lead group bike and e-bike rides on the RSR Bridge during peak periods.

All rides begin from within a quarter mile of a high-frequency transit stop (such as a BART station). Rides include bike education and safety, and offer opportunities to try riding e-bikes.

RSR Rides Staff Contact

Lily Brown, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6721
Email: lbrown@bayareametro.gov

Upcoming RSR RIdes Events

Bike to Work Day: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 7 a.m

  • Ride Partner: Bike East Bay
  • Ride start location: Richmond BART (plaza just west of the station)
  • Transit Accessibility: This ride starts from the parking lot at the Richmond BART station.  If you are planning to arrive by BART, an Orange Line train is scheduled to arrive at 6:47 a.m. and at 7:02 a.m,
  • End time and location: This medium-paced, moderate difficulty ride will head west from the Richmond BART station along the Richmond Greenway path, then on protected bike lanes to beautiful Point Richmond. From there we will continue up and over the scenic Richmond-San Rafael bike/walk path, then follow mostly bike lanes and paths to the San Rafael Transit Center, arriving at approximately 9 a.m. The official MTC ride ends at this point, but Bike East Bay instructors will ride back along the same route from San Rafael to Richmond starting at 10 a.m., providing support to any participants who want to come along.
  • Link to the ride page: bikeeastbay.org
  • Link to the online registration: bikeeastbay.org ride registration
  • Contact info:  Robert Prinz (Email: robert@bikeeastbay.org, phone: (510) 845-7433 ext. 2).
  • Other important ride information: Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All riders must wear a helmet. Pre-registrations are recommended, but not required. A working bicycle is required for participation. A small number of electric-assist bicycles are available for adult participants to borrow. If you are interested in borrowing an e-bike please follow the link at the end of the registration process, and in your confirmation email, to fill out the request form. Bike East Bay will follow up with you to confirm.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Details to come!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Ride Partner: Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Ride start location: SMART San Rafael station
  • Transit Accessibility:  This ride starts from the platform at the SMART San Rafael Station. If you are planning to arrive by transit/SMART, a southbound train is scheduled to arrive at the San Rafael Station at 5:09 p.m.
  • End time and location: This ride will officially end at the SMART San Rafael Station at approximately 7:30 p.m. (15.5 mile route). The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) ride leaders will stop for dinner at Tam Commons in downtown San Rafael after the ride. Ride participants who want to accompany the MCBC leaders are invited to do so (not as part of this official MTC event).
  • Link to the ride page: marinbike.org/calendar
  • Link to the online registration: RSR Bridge Ride with MCBC 7/6/22
  • Contact info:  Matt Farber (email: matt@marinbike.org, phone: 954-328-1318)
  • Other important ride information: Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A working bicycle and helmet are required for participation, and bike lights are strongly encouraged. .Pre-registrations are recommended, but not required. A pre-ride sign-in sheet and liability waiver will collect complete participant contact info.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Details to come!

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Details to come!

Partnership

RSR Rides Partners include:

  • Bike East Bay
  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Mike’s Bikes
  • The New Wheel
  • The Pedaler Bike Shop
  • Rich City Rides